Fernández to act as driver steward at Chinese GP
16 April 2014 – Adrián Fernández will be the FIA's driver steward at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend, it has been confirmed.
Fernández, who previously managed fellow countryman and now Force India F1 driver Sergio Pérez, never raced in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, although he enjoyed much success in American single-seaters. He also successfully made the transition to team ownership with his own team, Fernández Racing.
The 48-year-old's career took off in 1992 when he finished third in the US Indy Lights Championship. That earned him a drive in CART in 1993 and over the next eleven seasons he scored eight race wins, 21 podiums and a championship best of second in 2000. He also took three wins in IRL. In 2001 he founded Fernández Racing, winning in Portland in 2003, the first victory for an owner-driver since Bobby Rahal in 1992. In addition, Fernández finished second in the LMP2 category at Le Mans in 2007. He returned in 2010 with Aston Martin Racing and finished third in LMGTE Pro category in 2012.
This will be his first appearance as a FIA F1 driver steward.
Meanwhile, the FIA has confirmed that the DRS sectors at the Shanghai International Circuit will be the same as in 2013: "The detection point of the first zone is at Turn 12 and the activation point is 752m before Turn 14. The second zone's detection point is 35m before Turn 16, with activation occurring 98m after Turn 16," the FIA noted.
Other than routine maintenance no changes have been made to the circuit since last year.